Sea Containers And Intermodal Equipment

When Malcolm McLean invented the modern shipping container in 1956 he could never have envisaged that by 2013 more than 17 Million containers (which equates to roughly 27 million TEU’s) would be circulating around the globe. Many believe that by 2020 this number will double, as the sea container real estate industry becomes more popular.

Shipping containers are essential to the growth of the global economy, which is widely expected to grow steadily over the next 5-10 years. People think of containers as the Supply that delivers the Demand. Kipling likes to view them as mobile warehouses.

With the recent launch of the new Triple-E class container ships, vessels can now transport as many as 18,000 TEU’s at one time. This represents 20% more capacity than the previous biggest cargo ships, and there are already plans for larger ships that could carry as many as 22,000 TEU’s. This is all happening in anticipation of the global demand to move goods around the globe.

Historically investment in shipping containers has yielded very positive results for investors with a lower risk profile. This has now attracted Domestic Institutional investors as seen in January 2013 when the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan acquired a major container leasing company for roughly $500 million CDN.

Kipling believes that tremendous opportunities exist in this business segment, and are well equipped to navigate a safe passage for both investors and existing container fund owners.

Kipling’s container division offers a wide range of management, advisory and consulting services for its international clients in the areas of sea container real estate and intermodal equipment.


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